On Tuesday, April 14, a delegation of national church leaders came to Edmonton to share information about poverty in Canada and climate justice; listen to reflections on regional realities; and collect input for a church leaders’ pastoral statement.
Part of the inspiration for this tour was the need to update and promote existing interfaith statements on poverty https://www.councilofchurches.ca/interfaith-declaration-on-poverty-in-canada/ and climate change http://www.cpj.ca/canadian-interfaith-call-leadership-and-action-climate-change
The members of the delegation were
• Rev. Dr. Susan Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada;
• Rev. Dr. Willard Metzger, Executive Director of Mennonite Church Canada;
• Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches.
Events were held at the
Two events will be held at Sacred Heart Church of First Peoples and All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral. Local speakers at the evening event at All Saints’ were Mark Holmgren, chief executive officer of Bissell Centre, and Bernadette Iahtail, executive director of Creating Hope Society, on poverty, and Randy Haluza-DeLay, professor of sociology at The King’s University, on climate change.
Read comments from participants at the afternoon session here.